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Quake sensors removed around Virginia nuke plant due to budget cuts

A nuclear power plant that was shut down after an earthquake struck central Virginia Tuesday had seismographs removed in 1990s due to budget cuts. U.S. nuclear officials said that the North Anna Power Station, which has two nuclear reactors, had lost offsite power and was using diesel generators to maintain…

National Cathedral damaged in earthquake

The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. suffered damage during Tuesday’s 5.9-magnitude earthquake centered near Richmond, Virginia. A spokesman told the Associated Press that at least three of the four pinnacles — the stones at the top of the spires — on the center spire have fallen off and that the…

Greenpeace finds toxic chemicals in top brand name clothes

Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers, Greenpeace said Tuesday. Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were found to be…

Perry holds record on executions: report

Advocates against capital punishment will not find an ally in Rick Perry anytime soon. The Washington Post has reported that the Texas governor holds the record for most executions ever for a governor, and by a large margin. Perry has presided over 234 executions, increasing Texas’ reputation by far as…

5.9 magnitude quake rattles east coast, causing evacuations in DC

One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York. The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation’s capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake,…

Bisexual men exist: study

Researchers at Northwestern University have concluded what seems like an obvious fact to many: male bisexuality exists. However unnecessary the study — testing whether men who labeled themselves as bisexual were truly aroused by both men and women — seemed to be, the researchers’ findings actually contradicted a 2005 study,…

Biden: Super committee may not work

Vice President Joe Biden, aboard Air Force Two during his diplomatic tour of Asia, told reporters that he didn’t have total confidence that the so-called congressional super committee would be able to make the cuts needed. Biden told reporters that the committee has “a shot of getting a deal that…

New Jersey GOP lawmaker resigns after wife’s racist email

A New Jersey lawmaker has resigned from office after his wife delivered a racially charged e-mail to possible campaign opponent and former Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis. According to Politicker NJ, Republican Pat Delany decided to leave abruptly last month after his wife Jeanie sent an email to the Lewis…

BART police clamp down on second week of protest

A protest organized by the hacker activist collective “Anonymous,” intended to draw attention to issues with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police, turned chaotic and violent last night, resulting in almost half of the demonstrators being arrested. Protesters did manage to temporarily shut down two BART stations and snarl traffic for…

Rep. Keith Ellison slams GOP on Libya, national security

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) appeared on Countdown Monday evening to praise Libya’s rebels and criticize prominent GOP figures for not giving President Obama any credit on the situation. Ellison, who favored intervention into Tripoli, gave a contrasting viewpoint on what should happen with the country’s oil from what Donald Trump offered on…

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